The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday commiserated with the government and good people of Kaduna State over the death of Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa (CON), saying it was mourning the departed political leader on behalf of the Nigerian football family.
Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa died on Saturday afternoon after a Navy helicopter he was travelling in with other eminent persons crashed and burst into flames in Bayelsa State.
"News of the death of Governor Yakowa struck us like a thunderbolt. He was a real supporter and lover of Nigerian football and the Nigeria Football Federation deeply grieves at his sudden departure.
"We recall how he was always there for the NFF and Nigeria football. Governor Yakowa hosted the international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the senior team of Zambia in Kaduna in November 2011 and also hosted the Annual General Assembly of the NFF in December 2012," recalled NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.
Maigari added: "He was even ready to host the Super Eagles' FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, but other circumstances conspired to render Kaduna unattractive for those games.
"He is gone but we believe that Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and give his family and the good people of Kaduna State the fortitude to bear the huge loss."
Governor Yakowa died alongside former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd), their personal aides and the helicopter's pilots.